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Taste of the South

Taste of the South October 2018

Taste of the South helps you savor the unique dishes, cooking personalities and culinary destinations of the South - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! For readers who love Southern cooking or simply experimenting with new flavors, this magazine is a guidebook. Taste of the South is for those who have a passion for good food, at home and on the road. Every issue is a guide to Southern lifestyle.

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1 min.
autumn in the south

I don’t know about you, but I’ve got a serious sweet tooth. From sticky buns with my coffee in the morning to decadent brownies for dessert, you won’t often see me turning away sugary treats. In this issue you’ll find some of our new favorite desserts, and I can’t wait for you to try them out. From the bonanza of brownies and bars in Flair and Square (page 57) to the South’s Best Sweet Rolls (page 99), there’s enough to satisfy just about any craving. Even better, a couple places featured in the South’s Best article will ship their tasty delights right to your door. One of the most fun parts of producing Taste of the South is working with incredible Southern ingredients and personalities. Whether it’s something recognizable, such as pecans,…

1 min.
editor’s picks

One of my favorite Southern towns is Oxford, Mississippi. The culinary scene really runs the gamut from casual comforting spots, like Ajax and Saint Leo (above), all the way to Chef John Currence’s stellar offerings. Can I share a secret? I love eating brownies first thing in the morning. While a classic fudge brownie is my go-to, the Coffee & Cream Blondies would be a perfect eye-opener. Autumn is just about the most perfect time to break out the Dutch oven and settle in for a long, slow simmer. This otherwise classic pot roast is livened up with a dose of sweet, malty stout beer. As far as comfort food goes, macaroni and cheese is at the top of my list. Though the boxed stuff will do in a pinch, this classic version…

2 min.
dishing with

EXPERT ADVICE Diners often ask Ian what makes his food so good. His answer? Seasoning. “Don’t be scared of salt,” he says. “You need to season your food well, and you need to taste it as you go.” Since his start in the food industry, Ian Boden’s motto has been to under-promise and over-deliver. Step inside his no-frills restaurant, The Shack, and you’ll understand how this goal has turned into reality in small-town Staunton, Virginia. Housed in an actual shack, this unexpected eatery has become one of the most talked-about spots throughout the South—and for good reason. What was your inspiration for The Shack? The Shack itself (and our logo) is modeled after my wife’s Grandma Tissy's house. She was the matriarch of the family, and this is my way of connecting with…

1 min.
prep + provisions

1 MUDDY POND SORGHUM MILL SORGHUM SYRUP Produced by the Guenther family deep in the hills of Tennessee, this pure sorghum syrup is the ultimate sweet addition to freshly baked biscuits. Find even more delicious ways to use it on pages 47 to 56. $9 for 1 pint; muddypondsorghum.com 2 CAROLINA GRAIN CO. WALNUT GRAIN SCOOP Focused on showcasing the unique character of different woods, woodworker Andrew McCarn handcrafts each piece that goes out from this North Carolina business. We love using this beautiful scoop for farro, rice, and other grains. $20; carolinagrainco.com 3 EMERSON CREEK POTTERY PEARL LARGE CASSEROLE Let your cozy casseroles shine in this sleek and sturdy 1½-quart dish. Handmade and glazed in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, it’s microwave-, dishwasher-, and oven-safe. $34; emersoncreekpottery.com 4 GEECHIE BOY MILL FARRO PICCOLO With a…

1 min.
new + noteworthy

DELTA HOT TAMALE FESTIVAL October 18–20, 2018 | Greenville, Mississippi Each year, tens of thousands of guests pile into the small town of Greenville, Mississippi—Hot Tamale Capitol of the World—for a weekend celebrating the region’s best-known chefs, writers, musicians, and tamale-makers. Spend the day strolling through downtown tasting the unique offerings from vendors lining the streets while enjoying the best of the Blues. mainstreetgreenville.com BEIGNET FEST October 6, 2018 | New Orleans, Louisiana Crispy, puffy, and coated in powdered sugar, who can resist a freshly fried classic beignet? No one! So head to the place that does them best to get your fix at this scrumptious event. With savory and sweet creations from more than 20 of the Crescent City’s finest eateries, plus live music and kid-friendly activities, this festival is one the whole family…

6 min.
where the locals love to eat

9 places that hit the spot If you close your eyes and imagine the quintessential Southern town, chances are your mind will conjure up images that could pass as Oxford, Mississippi. There are palatial historic homes with wide front porches. An idyllic town square is anchored by a towering Greek Revival courthouse in the center. Friends and strangers greet one another on bustling sidewalks with warm smiles and sincere hellos. Boutiques proffer a mix of frilly dresses, starched khakis, and college football memorabilia. At the local restaurants and bars, everyone seems to know everyone else, and no one feels unwelcome. OXFORD IS SOUTHERN DOWN TO ITS DEEP ROOTS. It’s a beguiling town that feels like coming home, even for those who have never stepped foot in it before. Like its English namesake, Oxford…